This sopa de fideo recipe is the perfect mexican childhood favorite soup, as it is warm and comforting with a fragrant tomato-based broth. This mexican noodle soup is easy to make, and kids love it because of the tomato flavor and pasta noodles, which is why fideo soup is popular with moms!
🌟 Why this recipe works
Sopa de fideo is a delicious and easy-to-make Mexican soup that is perfect for a winter meal. The soup is made with a tomato base, which gives it a tangy flavor, and the chicken broth adds a depth of flavor to the soup.
This recipe is so popular with moms because it is very easy to make. All you need is a pot, some fideo noodles, and a few simple ingredients. The soup comes together in just a few minutes, making it perfect for busy moms to whip up for midweek dinners.
Kids also love this soup because of the noodles and the tomato flavor, and it's a great way to get them to eat their veggies, as tomatoes and onions provide a good source of vitamins and minerals.
This Mexican noodle soup is also versatile and can be topped with meat, cheese, or flavored with other spices. So, if you're looking for a soup that is easy to make and can be customized to your liking, then sopa de fideo is the perfect recipe for you. Also check my cowboy stew recipe if you are in a mood for hearty stews.
🍽 Key Ingredients
The key ingredients in this soup are the fideo noodles, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chicken broth. The noodles are what gives the soup its name, and they are the star of the show. The soup would not be complete without them.
Fideo pasta - This type of pasta is like very thin spaghetti that breaks easily, which makes it perfect for soups. You can find fideo pasta in the Hispanic section of your local grocery store.
Tomatoes - Tomatoes are the key ingredient in this soup and give it its characteristic tangy flavor. You can use fresh tomatoes or canned tomato sauce.
Onion - The onion adds sweetness and depth of flavor to the soup.
Garlic - Garlic is a key ingredient in many Mexican dishes and gives the soup a nice fragrant flavor.
Chicken broth - The chicken broth is used to cook the noodles and adds a lot of flavor to the soup. You can use water and chicken bouillon if you don't have chicken broth on hand.
Canola oil - Were using canola oil instead of other frying oils as it is lighter, but you could use olive oil if that's what you have.
The perfect toppings
My favorite toppings to combine with this sopa de fideo are fresh cilantro, avocado, limes and slices of jalapeno.
Vermicelli noodles or angel hair pasta can be used as a substitute for fideo pasta.
If you don't have fresh tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes.
You could use vegetable broth or vegetable stock as an equal substitute for chicken.
🔪 How to make sopa de fideo
Sopa de fideo is easy to make and uses staple pantry ingredients and one-pot. Follow the foolproof recipe below for step-by-step instructions, and check out the helpful cooking tips section for recommendations.
Cut the tomatoes in half or quarters and set them aside.
Mince 1 garlic clove for brown the fideo.
Place the diced tomatoes, onion, and 1 garlic clove in a food blender with the 1 cup of chicken stock and pulse until pureed.
Set a large saucepan over medium heat with the canola oil and add the minced garlic.
Add the noodles to the saucepan and coat them with the oil and garlic. Cook noodles for a few minutes until golden brown. Stir them constantly so that they don't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
Pour the tomato mixture into the saucepan while mixing for about half a minute.
Pour in the remaining chicken stock, season with salt to taste, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and let the Mexican noodle soup simmer for about 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
Turn off the heat and serve immediately.
Serving suggestions: Diced avocado, freshly chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeno, crumbled queso fresco, and a squeeze of lime juice.
💭 Cooking tips
Stir the noodles.
To avoid the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pot, make sure to stir them constantly.
If you want a thinner soup, add another half cup of chicken stock.
Don't overcook the noodles.
Do not overcook the noodles, as they will continue to cook in the soup even after you turn off the heat.
You can easily customize this sopa de fideo with extra protein or veggies and make it spicier.
Fideo soup with protein
If you want to add some protein to your soup, diced chicken breast, turkey, or sliced beef are great options. You could also add a fried egg on top.
Spiced fideo soup
For a spiced-up version of this soup, add a teaspoon of chili powder or red pepper flakes.
Fideo soup with vegetables
You can also add diced vegetables to this soup, such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, and black beans.
🥗 What to serve with
Sopa de fideo soup is typically served as a main course, but it can also be served as a side dish. Here are some ideas of what to serve with Mexican noodle soup:
Mexican spring rolls
Spring rolls are a typical Mexican appetizer that is perfect for dipping in soup. This recipe only takes 40 minutes to prepare, and the Mexican spring rolls are filled with chicken, black beans, jalapenos, corn, salsa, and cheese.
Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is a fresh and flavorful salsa made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeno. It is usually served on the side with some bread or as a topping for the sopa de fideo.
Baked beef empanadas
Empanadas are a popular Mexican dish that can be either baked or fried. This recipe for baked beef empanadas uses a store-bought empanada dough and is filled with a seasoned beef filling. They make the perfect side dish for fideo soup.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Why is it called sopa de fideo?
It is named sopa de fideo because the noodles used in the soup are called fideo.
Is fideo the same as pasta?
No, fideo is not the same as pasta. Fideo is a type of noodle that is used in soup.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
Once the sopa de fideo has cooled completely, you can store it and reheat the leftovers for another day.
Fridge - Transfer the leftover soup to a smaller pan with a lid or pour the contents into an airtight container. The soup will last for up to 3 days refrigerated.
Freezer - The best way to freeze the leftover sopa de fideo is by pouring it into a freezer container. Freeze it for up to 3 months.
Reheating - When ready to serve, reheat the soup on the stove over medium heat until it is warmed through. You may need to add a little chicken stock or water to thin it out, as the noodles will soak up any juice as it cools.
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👪 Serving size
This sopa de fideo recipe will provide enough for 4 - 6 servings. This recipe is easily scalable if you want to make a bigger pan for a larger family.
Sopa de fideo is a comforting and easy-to-make Mexican noodle soup perfect for busy moms and fussy kids. This soup is hearty and flavorful, made with a tangy tomato base and golden brown noodles.
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Sopa de Fideo "Mexican Noodle Soup"
- 8 oz Fideo pasta - (or vermicelli, angel hair pasta)
- 2 small Roma tomatoes - (or ½ cup of canned tomato sauce)
- ½ medium Onion
- 2 small Garlic clove
- 4¼ cups Chicken stock - (or water + 3 teaspoon of chicken buoillon)
- 3 tablespoon Canola oil
- Salt to taste
- Cut the tomatoes in half or quarters and set them aside.
- Mince 1 garlic clove.
- Place the diced tomatoes, onion, and 1 garlic clove in a food blender with the 1 cup of chicken stock and pulse until pureed.
- Set a large saucepan over medium heat with the canola oil and add the minced garlic.
- Add the noodles to the saucepan and coat them with the oil and garlic.
- Cook noodles for a few minutes until golden brown. Stir them constantly so that they don't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Pour the tomato mixture into the saucepan while mixing for about half a minute.
- Pour in the remaining chicken stock, season with salt to taste, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the Mexican noodle soup simmer for about 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
- Turn off the heat and serve immediately.